As promised, here is my wild fail from Sew U Home Stretch: The Built by Wendy Guide to Sewing Knit Fabrics. Last fall I fantasized about wearing a groovy tribute minidress to a Wild Flag concert or while celebrating my birthday. Those possibilities came and went months ago. Now I'm left with this ill-fitting, itchy skirt.
"Skirt?" you say. Yes, I had to ditch the bodice almost immediately.
Error 1: Forgetting the dress patterns in this book have NO EASE.
Result: A sausage casing skirt and impossibly small bodice.
Error 2: Not comparing the stretch of my fabric against the fabric recommended.
Result: A knit garment that acts like a woven, i.e. doesn't stretch. (See "sausage casing" above.)
Error 3: Failing to read the instructions carefully on Wonder Under fusible web.
Result: A backwards applique, which I decided to apply to the back side of the skirt. Additional hours spent cutting out the applique correctly for the front.
Error 4: Rushing straight to the applique instead of pin fitting the skirt first.
Result: A beautifully appliqued, unwearable garment.
Error 5: Using the first thrift store fabric I found instead of shopping for something just right.
Result: An itchy, translucent fabric with a slightly greasy feel. Eew!
After failed attempts at gathering the top for a waistband (what is this crazy material that won't gather?), I tried adding stretchy side panels and hook and eye closures, which look terrible and don't hold the skirt up. It is dark days for this would-be dress. Maybe my hero clear elastic will come to the rescue.
Or maybe I'll scrap the whole thing and start over.